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  • 1 ply — [plaɪ] verb plied PTandPP JOURNALISM 1. [transitive] to sell something: • 60 retailers were plying their products on the radio. 2. ply your trade to work at your job or business: • two outdoor …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Ply — Ply, n. [Cf. F. pli, fr. plier. See {Ply}, v.] 1. A fold; a plait; a turn or twist, as of a cord. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. Bent; turn; direction; bias. [1913 Webster] The late learners can not so well take the ply. Bacon. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Ply — Ply, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plying}.] [OE. plien, F. plier to fold, to bend, fr. L. plicare; akin to Gr. ?, G. flechten. Cf. {Apply}, {Complex}, {Display}, {Duplicity}, {Employ}, {Exploit}, {Implicate}, {Plait}, {Pliant},… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 ply — Ⅰ. ply [1] ► NOUN (pl. plies) 1) a thickness or layer of a folded or laminated material. 2) each of a number of multiple layers or strands of which something is made. ORIGIN French pli fold , from Latin plicare to fold . Ⅱ. pl …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Ply — Ply, v. i. 1. To bend; to yield. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] It would rather burst atwo than plye. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The willow plied, and gave way to the gust. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To act, go, or work diligently and steadily; especially …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 ply — ply1 [plī] vt. plied, plying [ME plien < OFr plier < L plicare, to fold < IE base * plek , to entwine > FLAX] Now Rare to bend, twist, fold, or mold vi. Obs. to bend or submit n. pl. plies [MFr pli < the v.] 1 …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 ply|er — «PLY uhr», noun. = plier. (Cf. ↑plier) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 8 ply — I verb busy oneself with, carry on, devote oneself to, do work with, employ, engage in, exercere, exercise, exploit, handle, make use of, manipulate, occupy oneself with, operate, persevere at, practice, pursue, put in practice, put into effect,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 ply — vb *handle, manipulate, wield, swing Analogous words: exercise, *practice, drill: operate, work, function (see ACT vb): manage, direct, control, *conduct …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 ply — [v] use, work at carry on, dispense, employ, exercise, exert, follow, function, handle, maneuver, manipulate, practice, pursue, put out, swing, throw, utilize, wield; concepts 100,225 Ant. be lazy, idle …

    New thesaurus

  • 11 ply — am·ply; ap·ply; crum·ply; dim·ply; du·ply; im·ply; mul·ti·ply·ing; pan·o·ply; pim·ply; ply·er; ply·gain; ply·mo·the·an; ply·mo·thi·an; ply; pop·ply; pur·ply; quad·ru·ply; quin·tu·ply; rip·ply; rum·ply; sim·ply; stip·ply; tip·ply; tri·ply;… …

    English syllables

  • 12 ply — ply1 [plaı] v past tense and past participle plied present participle plying third person singular plies [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: apply] 1.) ply your trade literary to work at your business, especially buying and selling things on the street ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 ply — ply1 plyingly, adv. /pluy/, v., plied, plying. v.t. 1. to work with or at diligently; employ busily; use: to ply the needle. 2. to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily: to ply a trade. 3. to treat with or apply to (something)… …

    Universalium

  • 14 PLY — Format de fichier de polygones PLY est un format de fichier informatique connu sous le nom de Polygon File Format (Format de Fichier de Polygones) ou le Stanford Triangle Format. The Le Digital Michelangelo Project à l Université Stanford utilisa …

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  • 15 ply — ply1 [ plaı ] noun two ply/three ply etc. 1. ) used as a measurement of the number of layers in toilet paper or PLYWOOD 2. ) used as a measurement of the number of STRANDS in wool, rope, string, etc. ply ply 2 [ plaı ] verb 1. ) intransitive or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 ply — I [[t]plaɪ[/t]] v. plied, ply•ing 1) to work with diligently; employ busily; wield: to ply the needle[/ex] 2) to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily: to ply a trade[/ex] 3) to assail repeatedly or persistently: to ply horses with a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 Ply — A ply is a strand layer of material, such as yarn, rope, plastic, wood, or paper. Plywood is so called because it is a laminate of several thin layers of wooden material. Two ply toilet paper has two separable layers, each about as thick as… …

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  • 18 ply — v. 1) (d; intr.) ( to travel ) to ply between (these ships ply between the two cities) 2) (d; tr.) ( to provide ) to ply with (they plied him with liquor) * * * [plaɪ] (d; intr.) ( to travel ) to ply between (these ships ply between the two… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 ply — English has two distinct words ply, although ultimately they are related. The one meaning ‘fold, twist, layer’ [14], now mainly found in plywood [20] and in combinations such as twoply and three ply, comes from Old French pli, a derivative of the …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 ply — 1 verb past tense and past participle plied 1 (intransitive always + adv/prep, transitive) literary if a vehicle or boat plies between two places or across a place it makes that journey regularly (+ between/across etc): Small fishing boats plied… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English